Little Rock author to address Star City book club


Author Jane F. Hankins will address the Star City Library Book Club from 2-4 p.m. today.

Hankins’ second novel in her Peavine Chronicles Series, “The Thirty-Foot Elvis”, is scheduled to be released by Parkhurst Brothers Publishers on Oct. 22.

The story is set in the ’80s when Bill Clinton was governor. This Fanny Flaggesque exploration of Southern characters — most of whom are loosely based on real-life characters Hankins knows — is filled with twists, surprises, New Orleans parties and true love. In the second novel in the series, Hankins undergirds the narrative with a whimsical spirituality and delivers belly-laugh reading enjoyment with an afterglow.

“I had so much material and characters, I had to save some for the sequel,” Hankins said about her first novel, “Madge’s Mobile Home Park”. “Now that I have invented my own town, the possibilities are unlimited.”

Prior to becoming a novelist, Hankins made a name for herself in the art world. She is one of 10 Arkansas women artist chosen to participate in a show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Soon her paintings and sculptures intertwined with the characters in her novels.

Hankins resides in Little Rock with her husband of 41 years, local TV news anchor and former radio DJ, Craig O’Neill. She is working on her third novel in her series.

“The Thirty-Foot Elvis” will be available through major booksellers and through the publisher’s website at parkhurstbrothers.com.